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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Fans of Harry Potter and magic, rejoice: Universal Orlando is expanding its Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a new area based on the books' fictional scenes in Diagon Alley and London.

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Turn your home office into a coffee shop (kind of) with website that produces that Starbucks ambience

So many people work “from home” at their local coffee shop now that many independent chains are forced to erect signs gently reminding these Wi-fi hogs to, y’know, buy another cup o’joe now and again.

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There was intense speculation in the City last night about the future of Seymour Pierce, the stockbroker led by football deal maker Keith Harris.

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Billy Connolly: The elderly 'are not loved enough'

The Scottish comedian talks about aging - and how he missed out on the part of Dumbledore in Harry Potter

Harry Potter shop to open on platform 9¾

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Rowling vows to write for children again

The best-selling author J K Rowling has vowed to continue writing and promised that her next published book would be for children.

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How we were spared the 'Howie Potter' franchise

Can Howie Potter, the geeky new arrival at Hogwarts High, use his magic spells to sweep cheerleader queen Hermione off to the prom?

Fifty Shades outsells Potter on UK Amazon

E L James's Fifty Shades trilogy has outsold J K Rowling's Harry Potter series on Amazon's UK site. James has sold more than four million copies of her books in print and on Kindle since they went on sale in March, making her the bestselling author of all time at Amazon.co.uk.

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